Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) has released its 14th list of local women the hospital has selected as its 2014 Stars Over Longview. During the two months when women were being nominated the LRMC Advisory Council meticulously evaluated 12 outstanding ladies to be recognized as stars for their dedication to the city and their contributions to making it a better place to live.

“It truly is amazing to see so many wonderful nominations pour in year after year for so many deserving women,” said LRMC Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Baumgardner.

Eighteen local businesswomen, community volunteers and activists make up the hospital’s Women Advisory Council. Every year, this panel carefully evaluates nominees before pridefully releasing the annual list of Stars to be celebrated at a formal awards luncheon ceremony. Council member Karen Partee did her best to emphasize the importance of her panel’s task.

“The women of Longview give so much of themselves each day–to their families, their professions and their communities,” she said. “To recognize them each year at Stars Over Longview is to acknowledge the significant contributions all women have made and are making to better their corner of the world. If ever one needed inspiration to make a difference, one need not look any further than this important event to discover those who show us what it truly means to rise to the occasion.”

Longview Regional CEO Jim Kendrick seconded this and added how honored his hospital is to be involved in the selection process.

“Longview Regional Medical Center and the hospital’s Women Advisory Council take great pride in presenting the Stars Over Longview event each year,” he said.

Those selected will be recognized at the 14th Stars Over Longview Awards Ceremony and Luncheon and on a calender to be presented at the event. The 2014 Stars are as follows:

February Star–Linda Davis

March Star–Marion Mack

April Star–Susan K. Smith

May Star–Jennifer Harris

June Star–Julie Fowler

July Star–Martha Glascow

August Star–Mary Ramos

September Star–Paula Cargill Kaplan

October Star–Karen Maines

November Star–Renee Slegeir

December Star–Iva Holyfield

January 2015 Star–Barbara McMichael

The Awards Ceremony, Women Who Rise to the Occasion will take place Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex at 100 Grand Boulevard in Longview. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the event will commence at noon. Mistress of Ceremonies will be KYTX anchor Dana Hughey. Perfect Catering will cater the event, and valet parking will be provided. Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 4, 2013. Single tickets are $30, and $240 for a table of eight.

Keynote speaker will be Jenna Hager, who is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today. Her broadcast position enables her to publicize inspiring reports of selfless people who do wonderful things all over the country. During a 2006 trip to Latin America as a UNICEF intern she met and befriended a 17-year-old mother who, despite being infected with AIDS, worked to insure her own child would not suffer the abuse and neglect that seared her own childhood. This poignant episode inspired Hager’s book Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which made the New York Times’ best seller list. Hager currently chairs the UNICEF initiative Next Generation, which is striving to prevent childhood deaths internationally.

Hager holds an English degree from the University of Texas, and has co-authored the book Read All About It! Editor-at-Large of Southern Living magazine, she is daughter of Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, and grand-daughter of former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.

For tickets and any additional information please call (903) 553-7407 or visit www.LongviewRegional.com.

by  Kelly Bell